The Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture for Boston. We foster the growth of the cultural community in Boston and promote participation in the arts.
#ToImmigrantsWithLove is a national campaign that began as a response to the administration's plans for undocumented immigrants. The project is led by the nonprofit Define American and Welcome.us' "I Am An Immigrant" movement. What began as letter writing activism quickly morphed into a trending hashtag on social media, where people pledged their support for immigrants in the U.S. through written and video messages.
Inspired by the national campaign, Boston recently embarked on a local initiative. The #ToImmigrantsWithLove murals celebrate and humanize past and present immigrant contributions to the city through community-inspired art. Sponsored by the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA), Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS), the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture via the Mayor's Mural Crew, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, and Boston Main Streets, here's what the Mayor has this to say about #ToImmigrantsWithLove.
The murals reinforce Boston's commitment to stand with immigrant communities. They can be found in East Boston and Roslindale, areas where immigrants have had a great influence and continue to play a large role. The murals are visible and accessible from the street, helping connect more immigrant residents to City services and resources.
The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement works to ensure the full participation of immigrants within the civic, economic, social and cultural life of Boston. Every year, MOIA assists over 2,000 residents by connecting them to English language classes, helping them obtain citizenship application assistance, facilitating access to City services, and providing accurate information about immigration laws, which helps immigrants contribute socially and economically to the city.
Cover photo by @voicesbc via Instagram